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Why the Trump administration has so many vacancies
In the News

April 11, 2017

"Hundreds of key jobs across the federal government remain vacant as a result of an overworked White House personnel office that is frustrating Cabinet secretaries and hampering President Donald Trump’s ability to carry out his ambitious legislative agenda. The process is bogged down as a result of micromanaging by the president and senior staff, turf wars between the West Wing and Cabinet secretaries and a largely inexperienced and overworked staff, say more than a dozen sources including administration insiders, lobbyists, lawyers and Republican strategists."

Politico

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


Mystery Trump workers hold DOE, Interior jobs
In the News

March 30, 2017

"Both Interior and DOE have numerous other mystery employees. EPA did not officially comment on beachhead employees, but their names are listed in a public directory — and an internal email giving more detail on their experience was widely leaked to reporters."

E&E News

Tag(s): agencies, transition management, White House


Trump still hasn’t done very much
In the News

March 20, 2017

"Trump signed only one substantive piece of legislation since February 20, repealing a minor Obama administration rule that made it harder for the mentally ill to buy guns. Otherwise, in Month Two his impact on the laws of the United States consisted of renaming a veteran’s health clinic in western Pennsylvania and signing two symbolic bills about the importance of encouraging more women in science and technology fields."

Politico Magazine

Tag(s): transition management, White House


Why eliminating government agencies is a lot easier said than done
In the News

March 17, 2017

"On Monday, Trump signed the "Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch," which calls for the director of the Office of Management and Budget to consult with agency heads and within a year develop a plan for improving government efficiency."

NPR

Tag(s): management, transition management, White House


Why President Trump is struggling to staff his government
In the News

March 16, 2017

"When a nor'easter barreled toward Washington in mid-March, Donald Trump suggested to German Chancellor Angela Merkel that she postpone her upcoming…"

Time Magazine

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


President Trump is running an empty government
In the News

March 14, 2017

"President Donald Trump's self-declared war on official Washington needs soldiers. Right now he doesn't have many of them. As the New York Times chronicles at length in a new report, the Trump administration is having the slowest transition in decades, far behind where his predecessors usually were seven weeks into the job. Trump has filled most of his Cabinet, but he has not nominated anyone for more than 500 other vital posts."

Vox

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


Filling in the blanks at Trump’s Pentagon
In the News

March 13, 2017

"Here we are, two months into the Trump Administration—that’s approaching 5 percent of his first term—and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis remains the only Trump-tapped Pentagon poobah. He’s the lone confirmed civilian appointee inside the Defense Department, according to a nifty job tracker from the Washington Post and the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service that’s tracing 53 senior Pentagon positions."

The National Interest

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


Scientists are conspicuously missing from Trump’s government
In the News

March 13, 2017

"President Trump has moved to fill just one of 46 key science and technology positions that help the government counter risks ranging from chemical and biological attacks to rising seas, a Washington Post analysis has found."

The Washington Post

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


Stop winging it, Mr. President
In the News

March 13, 2017

"Let’s be clear. Trump should nominate and seek confirmation of the vast majority of Senate-confirmed positions, including the top leadership, policy and managerial jobs in the departments and agencies as well as ambassadors. At the moment, the Cabinet secretaries are home alone and according to Office of Government Ethics data, Trump has few nominees for these important positions in the pipeline."

Politico Magazine

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


Trump’s skeletal crew
In the News

March 12, 2017

"But while Democrats did stall several Trump Cabinet picks, the vast majority of sub-Cabinet slots that require confirmation are vacant because of a personnel crisis in the Trump White House. And there are many such empty slots. Trump has named only 20 sub-Cabinet-level positions, including two who withdrew — a list that includes nominees for ambassadorships, counsel positions, and commissioners, according to a tracker from the Washington Post and Partnership for Public Service."

The National Review

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


Trump still hasn’t filled hundreds and hundreds of federal jobs vital to an administration
In the News

March 12, 2017

"In the early days of his presidency, Donald Trump liked to complain publicly about the deliberative pace of his Cabinet nominees’ confirmation proceedings in the Senate. But with his Cabinet now in place—now what? The answer: not a lot."

Slate

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


Trump lets key offices gather dust amid ‘slowest transition in decades’
In the News

March 12, 2017

"From the moment he was sworn in, President Trump faced a personnel crisis, starting virtually from scratch in lining up senior leaders for his administration. Seven weeks into the job, he is still hobbled by the slow start, months behnd where experts in both parties, even some inside his administration, say he should be."

The New York Times

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


Trump administration slow to name deputies
In the News

March 10, 2017

"President Donald Trump still hasn't named a number of key deputy secretaries to back up his Cabinet -- posts that experts say are essential to smooth functioning of the government. The lack of nominees for the key positions comes as Trump still needs to fill nearly 2,000 appointed positions in governments -- and as Democrats continue to slow-walk confirmations of the nominees he has named."

CNN

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


Meet the hundreds of officials Trump has quietly installed across the government
In the News

March 08, 2017

"While President Trump has not moved to fill many jobs that require Senate confirmation, he has quietly installed hundreds of officials to serve as his eyes and ears at every major federal agency, from the Pentagon to the Department of Interior."

Pro Publica

Tag(s): agencies, transition management, White House


Why Reagan’s vaunted ‘starve the beast’ plan failed
In the News

March 07, 2017

"In his 1981 inaugural address, President Reagan famously said: "Government is not the solution to the problem; government is the problem." He promised to "curb the size and influence of the federal establishment" and followed up with a federal hiring freeze and plans to abolish two behemoth agencies: the Energy and Education departments. President Trump has taken a page from the Reagan playbook on the federal workforce."

E&E News

Tag(s): agencies, transition management, White House


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